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Custom Ruffled Green Top for an Editorial Shoot

Here is another piece I created a while ago for an editorial shoot. I love the silk organza’s color, and I wanted to create something nice with it . . . Something non-floral in every single way.

I don’t hate flowers, but I don’t particularly love them either. And, yet, most of the headpieces and dresses I’ve created so far have flower-shaped trims on them because I find them easy to make. As some sort of compromise, I make those flowers as geometric as possible. People seem to like them. So, all is good. Sort of. But, before long, creating flower-shaped trims has become some sort of a crutch. And, THAT, is not good. I really need to do something about it or I’ll stagnate. So, I challenged myself to create 3 flower-free outfits in a month. The one you see below is one of them.

Angelica Brigade Ruffled Green Organza Top

The color of the fabric makes me think of the Greek Goddess of Harvers, Demeter. And, I imagined the fabric would make a beautiful Lanvin-style Grecian-inspired dress. But . . . it wouldn’t fit with the tone of the editorial I created this top for . . . Besides, I just can’t bring myself to knock another designers works off.

So, I decided to create something that features a several of my favorite SS2016 trends: ruffles, pleats, paperbag waist, and clothing with both transparent and opaque elements. But, I still keep the reference to Demeter. Like Ancient Greek chiton (or tunic), the wearer slips this top over her head and fasten it on the waist.

It looks nearly identical on the back, and meant to be worn with something else on the bottom.

Angelica Brigade Ruffled Green Organza Top

 

Sculptural Jewelry, Contemporary Beadwork, and Jewelry Making

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I’ve been obsessed with learning to create sculptural beadwork jewelry.

Ever since I received my copy of Kate McKinnon‘s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, I’ve been spending most of my free time learning the basic principles taught in the book and adapting them so I can create my own designs.

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Here’s an example:

I started by learning to create the triangular ring you can see on my index finger. Then, using the principles I learned by creating the simple ring, I created a more dramatic ring you can see on my ring ringer.

I also went a step further . . .

To make the ring extra shiny and rock-solid, I decided to glaze the ring

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After that, using the same basic (but modified) principle and using different kinds of beads, I ended up creating this bracelet.

I’m still not 100% happy with it. So, I’m going to spend some time improving it.

You can see my behind the scene and work-in-progress pictures in my Instagram or my Tumblr photo blog.

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Anyway, when I was trying to finish making this bracelet, I could see the possibility of making mini top hats & tricorne hats using these same methods.  It’s gonna be a few months before I can create a decent beadwork hat; but, I’m so excited.

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Next Saturday: New Directions, New Designs, and Updated Classics.

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Have an awesome weekend, guys!!!

-joyce of Angelica Brigade

The Serenity Prayer of the Ephemeral and Imperfect Beauty (or . . . Sephie Beau)

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That’s the title of my newest piece. What a mouthful, right?!

It’s one of the pieces I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Bead Contest (you can read more about the contest here).

To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to win. The design isn’t very mainstream and the concept behind it is a bit bleak. But, I ended up owning something I’d want to wear very often, so it’s all good.

I enter contests – even the ones I don’t think I’ll ever win – to challenge myself. And usually, I gain new skills and come up with some things I consider groundbreaking. In this case, they are:

  • The eyelashes
  • The seemingly-floating star, and
  • The details on the butterfly

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This piece is inspired by many women’s and girl’s hopes and dreams, and their efforts to reach them and the beauty of imperfection

Many women want to be slim and beautiful.

We fix our teeth, wear make-up, accessorize ourselves, and some of us even go through numerous procedures (ranging from getting eyelashes extension, botox injections, to cosmetic surgeries). Some of us even develop eating disorder(s) and exercise addiction.

Some women have more resources and determination than the others. But, many of us do try. This can lead to never-ending strives. People cannot stay young and beautiful forever.

In the end, we need to accept that there are some things we can’t change and do our best with what we have.

So morose?  LOL!!!

Well, just so you know, the other two designs I entered into the contest are on the frivolous side. I will write more about them next week.

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I feature and use all of the characteristics of each material I incorporate (even the ones other people might consider as negative attributes) to advantage.

In this instance, for example: Galvanized beads.
Some people dislike the fact that the plating of galvanized beads cannot last forever. I, on the other hand, rubbed the plating of some of the beads off before I sprayed them with clear acrylic spray. It gives the piece more texture and makes it look more dimensional. Also, the slightly distressed look of the beads amplify the mood of the piece . . . the beauty of imperfection and the ephemerality of all things.

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I also challenge myself by not relying on cabochon(s) to anchor my design. I could’ve used Swarovski rivolis for the eyes . . . and if I did it, I could’ve finished creating the piece a few hours faster. Instead, I choose to “draw, color, and shade” my designs using nothing but beads.

Actually, I planned to put some chainmaille links onto this design. That way, this piece will contain every single thing I specialize on. That’s the very reason I put a silk flower on it. But, I was running out of time & none of the combinations I tried look nice on it. So, I decided to nix the idea.

By the way, I love the butterfly wing the skull is wearing as a headpiece. I’m thinking about creating similar hair accessory (minus the skull) sometime this month.

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To me, the most important step in designing a headpiece is making sure that it will look nice on someone’s hair. I had to change the proportion and the silhouette of the piece a few times before it looks just right.

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Then, the beading process begins.

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One bead at a time . . .

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As always, I prefer to “draw” the outline of the piece by back-stitching each bead to create the shape.

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I tried a more conventional beading technique before (gluing cabochons —> beading around the cabochons —> cutting the beading foundation —> beading the edges) . . . but, that technique doesn’t work so well for me. May be it’s because I don’t really use cabochons. But not just that, I want to go beyond beading things in radial pattern.

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After I was done beading the piece, I bonded it – using hot-melt adhesive – onto high quality ultrasuede … and beaded the part where the beadwork meets with ultrasuede to make the piece more seamless :)

Because the silk rose covers the pretty butterfly the skull is wearing as a headpiece, I decided to make the flower a bit smaller.

And, the number of hours I spent to create this headpiece is . . . 60 hours. The first attempt in bringing an imaginary accessory into reality takes time because I still need to figure out how I can create certain shapes or effects using the materials that are available to me. It involves a few trials and errors. I can reproduce this piece in less time. Say . . . 45 or 50 hours :D

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Next Saturday: The other designs I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seedbead contest

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That’s it for now, guys!!!

Have a terrific weekend.

-joyce

Alternative Wedding Bouquets : Why I Love Them

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Fabric Bridal Bouquet by MetallicBloom via Etsy

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Silk Bouquet by Hapitat via Etsy

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Jeweled brooch bridal bouquet by Noaki via Etsy

Gorgeous, aren’t they?

I love alternative wedding bouquets.

The pretty ones, the cool ones, even the quirky ones:

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Alternative Bouquet by Innstyches via Etsy

Image source: Bridal Snob

These hypoallergenic bouquets are great for someone with allergies . People don’t want to look like these in their wedding days.

Image source: The Guardian

Image source: The Telegraph

Here are the reasons I prefer alternative bouquets to cut-flowers bouquets:

1.

wilt flower

Fine art print by Martinefa via Etsy

(Real) flowers start to wilt the moment they are cut. They aren’t cheap either. Unless the bride is into pressed flowers &/or dried flowers, they bouquet will end up in a trash bin. What a waste~

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Bridal Brooch Bouquet by charlesandabigail via Etsy

On the other hand, alternative bouquets (like this brooch bouquet) lasts for many years to come & can be kept as a keepsake/memento. It can become a family heirloom & someone’s [e.g. one’s daughter or grandaughter]  “something old” someday.

2.

Brooch Bouquet by Noaki via Etsy

Real flowers – unlike this brooch bouquet are do not sparkle.

3.

Giant Paper Rose Flowers for Wedding Decorations by marrymerosie via Etsy

They can come in any size & shape we want.

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Paper bouquet by smilemercantile via Etsy

Even in colors & shapes we can’t find in nature.

Clay bouquet by dkdesignshawaii via Etsy

And, for the people who prefer a natural looking handmade keepsake bouquet, lightweight clay bouquet like this can be a great alternative.

These clay peonies are cheaper than real peonies. (Peonies are late-spring – early-summer flowers. So, these flowers are more expensive than usual in other seasons).

Unlike real peonies, these clay flowers will look as beautiful for a very, very long time.  They will definitely look fresh throughout the wedding day.

4.

Some don’t care about flowers.

And brides should be allowed to wear whatever they like.

Cotton Bouquet by TALLCOTTONnPEAS via Etsy

Sea Shell Wedding Bouquet by BoHoBridal via Etsy

How about you?

Beaded Bib Necklace

What’s new in my Etsy shop this week

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An unusual hand-beaded bib necklace / collar.

Each bead is STITCHED onto the cuff’s base THREE (but sometimes up to five) TIMES to make sure that each bead will stay in place for a many years to come.

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An unusual hand-beaded bib necklace / collar.

Very sparkly.

Made with meticulous attention to detail.

Each bead is STITCHED onto the cuff’s base THREE (but sometimes up to five) TIMES to make sure that each bead will stay in place for a many years to come.

Features:
– Rhinestone cabochon
– 1000+ Japanese seed beads (in pink, white, silver, lilac, pale peach, & mint green)
– Gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls
– Swarovski crystals
– Swarovski round beads
– Silver-lined bugle beads
– Italian Tulle closure (in Antique Pink)
– High quality felt

Very sparkly~

Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade.

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!!!

{ Or should I say: Happy Black Friday? :D }

What are you thankful for this year?

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I’m thankful for the thing that lead to the birth of my very young company: Angelica Brigade

Do you know that it stands for AvaNt GardE Luxurious Inventions by Collaborative Artists Brigade?

What a mouthful, right?!

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In case you are wondering, the thing that lead to the birth of Angelica Brigade … is planning my outrageous wedding ( which happens to be featured in Offbeat Bride >>> http://offbeatbride.com/2011/11/bali-multicultural-wedding )

It introduced me to Etsy & the joy of collaborating with other artists

Two of my dresses were by Angela Pilat of Glamtastik while one of my bouquets & all of my hair accessories were by Emma Read of Hapitat

Glamtastik Corset Burlesque dress

To produce the event (which I consider more of an art exhibit meet dinner theater meet theme park than a wedding), I worked with my a number of talented artists & a number of my (day job’s) co-workers

These are the key members of my team. Each person was in charge of something: timekeeping, decoration, food, entertainment, electric wiring, lighting, security, transportation, photography, & sounds.

Each one of them was in charge of a group of people we worked with

I created the whole concept & made a few things seen during the reception, but I couldn’t have done it without my team.

Working with them was such an amazing experience I wouldn’t mind doing it again … & again … & again …

And so …

Angelica Brigade was born

How I Create This Type of Knotted Chainmaille + Swarovski Statement Necklaces

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STEP 1:  Coating my pliers with 2 thin layers of ToolMagic to make sure that the jewelry I create is 100% free of toolmark &/or scratch

STEP 2: Sorting the jump rings. (I set the imperfect jump rings aside and use only them when I am learning a new chainmaille weave).

STEP 3: Pre-closing the black anodized aluminum jump ringsas neatly as possible.

STEP 4: Opening the gold anodized aluminum jump rings.

STEP 5: Weaving the jump rings. (This weave is called box chain. I learned this weave from Rebeca Mojica’s  Book: Chained, but you can learn it for free by watching this YouTube tutorial or reading this free online tutorial instead).

STEP 6: Continue weaving the jump rings till I create a 40-inch or 101-cm chain

STEP 7: Attaching the Swarovski Fancy Stones and Knotting the ChainMaille

And yes … the 40″ or 101 cm chain only forms the center front part of the necklace

STEP 8: Deciding the length of the necklace

STEP 9: Create two more handwoven links (by repeating step 2 – 5) , twisting & linking them onto the center front part of the statement necklace, and connecting the ends of those links to a toggle clasp.

Ring counts: Approx. 20 rings per inch.

Thus, to create this type of statement necklace, I need to use more than 1200 pieces of jump rings.

The time I need to create this type of necklace: More than 12 hours.

Weird, Unusual, Unique, or Avant Garde?

Mark Haisman Tapeworks Art

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Have you heard about Tapeworks Art ?
They are images created using many layers translucent packing tape. You can check them out in http://www.khaismanstudio.com/
How do you like them

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What’s your opinion about this non-traditional wedding dress? The bottom part of the dress reminds me to one of the dresses seen on Lady Gaga in her Monster Ball Tour intermission videos.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2196996/Lady-Mary-Charteris-weds-odd-cutaway-bridal-gown-Pam-Hogg.html

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#3
Chinese Style of Parenting
Many of you might have heard about Tiger Moms; but, have you heard about Wolf Dads?
It involves more than 1000 rules (including how to hold a cup, how to sleep, how to cover one’s self with a quilt) … and lots of corporal punishment
Read and cringe: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143659027/and-you-thought-the-tiger-mother-was-tough

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Disclaimer: The images featured in this blog post are not mine. They are not used for any commercial purpose; but, if you are the legal owner of the images and do not like to see them in this site, please let me know and I will remove them immediately.

Silk Headpiece With A Hand Beaded Polymer Sculpture Center Piece – Wearable Art – Gothic / Lolita Headdress, Photo Shoot Prop

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Style name: Jeanne (d’Arc) v.03
Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

The sculpture is 100% handmade, hand-painted, and lacquered by me.

The diameter of the headpiece: Approx. 6 1/2” (16.5 cm)
The diameter of the beaded center piece: Approx. 2 1/2” (6.35 cm)
Weight: 64 grams / 2.25 oz. / 0.14 lb.

Materials: Italian silk organza, silver-lined Delica seed beads, silver-plated beads, simulated pearls, polymer clay, silver pigment, high gloss acrylic lacquer, die-cut high quality felt, alligator clip.

Made to order.

www.angelica-brigade.com

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Louella : Avant Garde Hatinator / Headpiece / Hair Fascinator with Gravity-Defying Net Ribbon

I created this headpiece for a magazine photo shoot

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Ciate Velvet Manicure (Review)

I saw this product at Sephora the other day and found it intriguing.

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I was a little skeptical at first; but, then, I read the the instruction on how to achieve velvet-like the effect on the back of the manicure kit’s box.

Since the method sounds very much like how fabric manufacturers produce flock ( = create raised textures on fabrics)*, I thought that this product is going to work.

[* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flocking_%28texture%29 ]

And …

Does it really work?

The answer is …

YES!

In fact, it’s much more than what I expected.

The upper surfaces of my nails look & feel like real velvet

>>> P.S : Sorry for the not-so-good picture. It’s past midnight & my energy saving lamps aren’t able to provide good enough lighting for me to take decent pictures. Please check back tomorrow to see better / clearer pictures of the manicure.  <<<

I’m going to write more about this product (about the manicure’s durability, whether it gets stained easily, etc etc) in a few days. If you are interested to find out, you might want to bookmark my site and check back in couple of days. My blog’s url is https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com

But, for now, I have nothing but great things to say about this brand (Ciate) and this manicure kit.

It is a truly innovative, avant garde nail product.

To learn more about the brand, please visit the company’s site: http://www.ciate.co.uk

Be sure to read their brand philosophy: http://www.ciate.co.uk/about_us.php (Flash required).

To purchase the item, you can either visit your nearest Sephora store or the stores listed in the company’s ‘About Us’ page (above), or purchase it online at http://www.sephora.com/velvet-manicure-P375461

-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

One of my latest works – an Avant Garde ( High Fashion ) Knotted Chain Maille Statement Necklace with Oversized Swarovski Stones

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

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To see more pictures of this necklace, please visit my Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade )

This piece is extremely lightweight for its size.

As usual, the piece is made using Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized aluminum jump rings.

And those two huge focal stones are Swarovski Fancy Stones

My Favorite Outfits on Pinterest This Week

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http://pinterest.com/pin/206813807859015917/

Rebecca Minkoff Becky Jacket via Shopbop Black and White Outfit Black Leather Pants Eye Catching Blazer Shawl Collar

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http://pinterest.com/pin/206813807859015884/

The Dress: Alice + Olivia Chiffon One Shoulder Dress  Bold & Dramatic Bride: Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Clutch Dara Ettingner Lillian Earrings Charles Albert Quartz Cuff Jacquie Aiche Hand Chain Boutique 9 Justine Pumps  Elegant & Sweet Bride: Whiting & Davis Crystal Clutch Shashi Pave Earrings Maison Martin Margiela Ring Jennifer Zeuner Love Bracelet Alejandro Ingelmo Grace Pumps he summer months seem to entail attending at least one engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding, and I've got all you brides covered with what to wear. Are you a bold and dramatic or an elegant and sweet bride? I'll show you how to work both looks with a simple swap of accessories. Better yet, get more mileage out of the dress, and rock both looks to different events! If you're not a bride this look would still work for a special occasion like a birthday or cocktail party. Just make sure you don't wear it to someone else's wedding event. White is a big fashion don't for a wedding guest!

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http://pinterest.com/pin/206813807859037345/

All the images seen in this blog post are not mine. I’m not using them for any commercial purpose. But, ff you are the own the rights to those images and do not want to see them in this blog, please let me know and I will remove them immediately.

Captive Swarovski Crystal Pearls Chain Maille Statement Necklace in Gold and Light Grey

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

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>>> contemporary chainmaille jewelry by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade <<<

A unusual, dramatic, timeless, and elegant statement necklace.

Looks great with almost everything: tank top or t-shirt and jeans, business suit, cocktail dress, evening dress, you name it.

Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.

Lightweight for its size (62 grams / 2.1 oz. /  0.13 lb. )

Adorned with Swarovski Crystal Pearls which are “perfect replica(s) of genuine pearls. They are similar in weight and behaviour, adjust to the temperature of the skin and are resistant to rubbing, scratching, perfume, perspiration and UV light. Above all, they are the first pearls in the world with a crystal core and an innovative, silky smooth pearl coating.” ( Source: http://www.create-your-style.com/Content.Node/swarovski-elements/Crystal-Pearls.en.php )

An original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.

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IMPORTANT:
Each Swarovski Crystal Pearl has two (2) tiny (pin-sized) DRILL HOLES on them.

> > > Please look at pictures closely and see whether the drill holes makes you like the necklace less < < <

{ For example, on pic #1, the visible drill holes are on the 4th pearl from the left and the 2nd pearl from the right }

But . . . I love how the gleaming crystal pearls look with the chain. Plus, the people who saw me wearing this necklace do not notice the drill holes because they are hidden from view by the handmade chain. So, I decided to go ahead and create this necklace.

Currently, I’m in the process of researching and sourcing some materials (gemstones, crystals, handmade polymer clay beads) that can be good substitutes to the Swarovski crystal pearls.

Please see picture #1 closely and you can see those drill holes: one on the 4th pearl from the left & one on the 2nd pearl from the right.

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Style name: Gwynn

Length: Approx. 22″ (56 cm)

This necklace is finished with a gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy) toggle clasp.

The color of the chain: Yellow gold, similar to 22 karat gold.
The color of the Swarovski crystal pearls: Gleaming Light Grey

Please remember that monitors with different calibrations might depict colors somewhat differently.

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Materials: Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized aluminum jump rings, Swarovski Crystal Pearls, hammered pewter (tin-based) toggle clasp.

The composition of the jump rings:
Aluminum: 96.6 – 98.5%; Magnesium 1.5 – 2.1%; trace amounts of Chromium, Copper, iron, Manganese, Silicon, Titanium, Zinc

Maintenance:
The color of the chain can be scratched by harder metals,. Oils from your skin may change the colors. Some of the color can be restored by washing the piece in soap and water.

http://www.angelica-brigade.com

.:: talent is overrated ::. my design process .:: a day in life ::.

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Thousands of jump rings in various sizes strewn all over the table

Along with ribbons, Swarovski crystal pearls, strips of fabrics, metal findings

I know I’d been sitting here for hours

Using 3 different sets of pliers, I’ve been weaving the jump rings, taking them apart, changing the sizes of the jump rings I used, re-arranging the placements and the length of the chain, crystal pearls, and the ribbons . . . and I’m not even half done.

Out of sudden I felt lightheaded. My hands started to shake . . .

It was then when I realized that it was 7 pm, that I had been working for 10 hours, and that I had not eaten anything all day . . .

Quickly, I decided to whip something up really quick before things get even worse

And when I was waiting for the water to boil . . . I couldn’t stop myself from thinking out ways to improve the necklaces I’m creating today.

It’s not uncommon for me to keep on working till very early in the morning . . .

And the moment I wake up, after I have my morning coffee (with lots of rice milk & cocoa powder), I usually go right back to work

Yes, I know that it’s not a very healthy lifestyle. It’s not a lifestyle I’d recommend to anyone else. I also know that it’s in my best interest to live a more balanced life . . . But, at this moment, there is nothing I can do about it.

There are a few plans in the works and I’m on deadline . . . But it’s another story for another day :)

Many people told me how lucky I am that I find something I’m passionate about and how fun it must be creating all these jewelry and headpieces. If they actually see the kind of life I lead, will they still think so?

All these fumes I inhale and all these ash that I need to clean up whenever I create silk floral headpieces / hair fascinator

Once in a while I accidentally stab my fingers with a needle and burn my fingers

And then, there are these natural byproducts of one’s decision to stay seated on the same spot while doing the things that require one’s close attention to detail: back pain, neck pain, dry eyes

There are times when I get stuck and no matter how much I try the pieces either don’t fit together and do not look the way I envision them to be. It can be very frustrating.

Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am driven by this impulse to create. Plus, the satisfaction that comes with the completion of each project is incomparable.

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It’s uncommon for me to work longer than 14 hours per day

And … because of that, there are moments when I feel that talent is overrated. It’s the hours I spend doing, re-doing, fixing, and improving my works are the reasons I acquire these skills

Have you read or read about Geoffrey Colvin’s book Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else ?

How about Malcolm Gladwells’ “Outliers” ?

Here are some good summaries of the books’ arguments:

– Why talent is overrated http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/21/magazines/fortune/talent_colvin.fortune/index.htm

– Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers: http://wiki.dandascalescu.com/summaries/Malcolm_Gladwell_-_Outliers

It takes about 10,000 hours for people to start to be really good ad something

True, I one of the reasons I like to create chainmaille jewelry is because it comes very naturally to me. If I happen not to be not good at it or if I happen to dislike doing it, I would never spend so many hours practicing, learning new weaves, and designing my own chainmaille jewelry. So, perhaps, passion and natural aptitude are parts of the mix … but if I never spend those hours making numerous pieces of chainmaille jewelry and fabric accessories,  experimenting with new materials and techniques, and trying to figure out how I can make a better piece next time … I would not be able to make the things I am able to make today.

If I don’t spend enough time re-working this piece, this headpiece will still look the way the 1st version looks like …

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And, here is how the latest version looks like:

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There are still a lot of rooms for me to improve. There are a lot of techniques I want to learn and incorporate.

Alas …  I’m not a super human and I do need to have some rest from time to time … How I wish there are more hours in a day

Anyway, look at the time!

I need to go back to work. I’m trying to finish creating these 2 new necklaces today. I will upload their pictures in a few days.

-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

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Chunky (but very lightweight!!!) chainmaille bracelets

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

So, these were the pieces I was creating when I wrote yesteday’s post: https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/random-stuff/

They are …

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Handmade Chunky but Lightweight Stackable Chainmaille Chain Maille and Tulle Bracelets made using BlueBuddhaBoutique Blue Buddha Boutique Premium Quality Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings, Gold, Pink, Aqua Blue, Beige, Black, Violet Tulle, Classic, Bold, Unusual<br />http://www.angelica-brigade.com

Simple chain maille bracelets but interlaced with tulle

They are very lightweight … and available in many colors.

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Handmade Chunky but Lightweight Stackable Chainmaille Chain Maille and Tulle Bracelets made using BlueBuddhaBoutique Blue Buddha Boutique Premium Quality Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings, Gold, Beige, Black Tulle, Classic, Bold, Unusual

As usual, I constructed these bracelets using Blue Buddha Boutique‘s premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.

(No, I’m not affiliated with the company. I’m just a big fan of their products)

:)

 

-joyz*k

A Gigantic (but lightweight) Floral Headpiece / Hair Fascinator / Headdress (a set of 3 floral clips) I recently listed on Etsy

Update 04/17/2016: I no longer sell my pieces via Etsy

Angelica Brigade High / Couture Quality Handmade Hair Fascinator / Headpiece / Headdress / Floral Clips - a set of 3 clips - in pale baby blue , palest warm beige , iridescent pink and peach rainbow sorbet , Gigantic but Extremely Lightweight, Unusual, Unique, Dramatic, Feminine, Neo Rococo, Marie Antoinette, Sweet, Elegant, Gothic Lolita, Cute, Can be made in custom colors, bespoke, Etsy, http://www.angelica-brigade.com AngelicaBrigade

This is actually a set of three silk floral clips:

Angelica Brigade High / Couture Quality Handmade Hair Fascinator / Headpiece / Headdress / Floral Clips - a set of 3 clips - in pale baby blue , palest warm beige , iridescent pink and peach rainbow sorbet , Gigantic but Extremely Lightweight, Unusual, Unique, Dramatic, Feminine, Neo Rococo, Marie Antoinette, Sweet, Elegant, Gothic Lolita, Cute, Can be made in custom colors, bespoke, Etsy, http://www.angelica-brigade.com AngelicaBrigade, teardrop fascinator, silk flower, silk floral clips

I decided not to bond them onto one single hat frame because:

1. If I bond them onto a hat frame, the floral headpiece will look really stiff. I want the flowers to drape softly on top of the wearer’s hair. If I insist on I bonding all the three pieces on top of one single base or hat frame, I will need to mold and custom fit the hat frame to match the wearer’s head. If the wearer wants to wear this with her hair up, the hat base will need to be modified. And if the wearer changes her mind and wants to wear this with her hair down, she won’t be able to do it because there will be a big gaping space between the flowers and her hair.

2. I want the wearer to feel comfortable wearing the headpiece. I want her to be able to roam free, dance, even perhaps jump and run around if she wants to. She won’t feel very comfortable if she feels that her hair fascinator/headpiece is tugging on her hair … she can’t have a great time if she fears that her headpiece is going to slide off of her hair. Elastic band can loose its elasticity or even break. And personally, I don’t really like to wear Alice Band / headband either because it gives me a headache. Plus, it tends to slide off of my head. So —> I decided to device this multiple-clips system . It distribute the weight of the headpiece to different parts of the hair. And since these pieces are so featherweight, you won’t really feel like you are wearing them.

For more details about this piece, please visit this link >>> https://www.etsy.com/listing/103962253/

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at angelicabrigade [ a t ] g m a i l . c o m

Or you can send me a Facebook message. My Facebook page’s address is http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade

But if you have a quick question and want a rapid answer, you can contact me via Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/#!/AngelicaBrigade )

An Unusual Oversized Floral Headpiece with Large Swarovski Center Piece

Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art

Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art Gothic Lolita joyz*k

Style name: Emme. Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.

Dimensions:
– The base’s diameter: Approx. 5″ (12.75 cm)
– Overall height: Approx. 2.5″ (6.5 cm)
– The roses’ diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm)
– The flower’s height: Approx. 1.5″ (3.75 cm) tall.
– The braided embellishment’s longest point: Approx. 1.5″ (4 cm) away from the flower.
– The Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone: 1 1/8″ x 1″ (3 cm x 2.6 cm)

Materials: Italian silk organza, Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone (4196) in Light Colorado Topaz color, die-cut felt base, and alligator clip.

Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art Gothic Lolita

Handmade Gigantic Oversized Dramatic Silk Floral Clip in Deep Red by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone in Light Colorado Topaz with Alligator Clip Hair Fascinator Wedding Hatinator Bridal Unusual Unique Avant Garde Wearable Art Gothic Lolita

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My Most Current Work: One of a Kind Mixed Media Wearable Art Necklace

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric

A one-of-a-kind mixed-media wearable art necklace featuring a handmade, hand-painted, and then glazed polymer clay sculpture with several Swarovski bicone crystals embedded into it … and painted , distressed, & burnt silk organza.

Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

DIMENSIONS:
– Overall length: Approx. 18″ (46.5 cm)
– Overall width: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)
– Overall thickness: Approx. 1.5″ (3 cm)
– The center piece’s diameter: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)
– The center piece’s thickness: Approx. 1 3/4″ (4.75 cm)
– The sculpture’s diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm)

COLORS: Gray, black, and silver.

MATERIALS:
Italian silk organza, heat-treated poly-blend shantung, polymer clay, Swarovski crystals, a handmade chain maille necklace bright aluminum & anodized aluminum jump rings*), satin ribbon with heat-treated edges, tulle, felt, pewter (tin-based alloy) clasp.

Styled with an h.Naoto jacket

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric h.Naoto Frill

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric

Some of the Hair Fascinators / Headpieces I recently made

Reina Teardrop-Shapped Headpiece / Hair Fascinator in Pale Lime Green by Angelica Brigade joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

Reina Teardrop Silk Hair Fascinator / Accessory / Headpiece by AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade pastel summer spring

Reina Teardrop Shapped Hair Fascinator / Headpiece in Mint Green by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade pastel pastels AngelicaBrigade handmade spring wedding guest bridesmaid bridesmaids

Gothic Lolita A handmade lightweight broken doll sculpture, surrounded by bluish black silk roses with burned edges, placed on top of several layers of Italian silk organza (also with carefully burned edges) and surrounded by a frayed braided silk embellishment.  Made with meticulous attention to detail. Gothic Lolita Silk Headdress in Iridescent Purple, Memento Mori by joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Handmade Accessory

Reina Handmade Silk Organza Teardrop Shaped Hair Fascinator / headpiece / hair accessory  by joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Unusual, luxurious, & made with meticulous attention to detail.  Lightweight & drapes over the wearer's hair.  Looks like a cocktail hat but not constructed using a hat frame. Softer, more lightweight, and drape better than regular teardrop hat.

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